What is a Wishing Well?
At brighterkind we believe that getting older should not mean an end to new experiences. The Wishing Well initiative aims to enrich the lives of those in our care, enabling them to feel really valued and special. The experience may be trying something new or reliving a fond memory.
How does the Wishing Well work?
The Wishing Well helps people look back over their life and helps them to think about new experiences they would like to have, or a fondly remembered experience they would like to repeat. This helps our teams pull together ideas for Wishing Wells and how to deliver them.
Together, residents, family members and the team work together to generate wishes which make the person feel unique, and is seen as a gift to them.
Wishes can be anything; big or small, from wishing to learn to use new technology, to taking a trip somewhere they have always wanted to go! Not every wish can be totally fulfilled due to logistics, but our team will always think outside the box and find a way to make a version of the wish come true.
How can family members and friends get involved?
We welcome ideas from all residents, family members and friends. If you are a resident in one of our homes or you are a relative or friend and you think your loved one would like a wish of theirs granting, please speak to a member of the home team and they will do their best to make their Wish come true.
Here are just a few examples of past Wishing Wells that have been granted in our homes:
A wish to see dolphins
Highlands care home in Jersey, are always looking for ways to give our residents experiences they will always remember. They took a trip out into the English Channel to try and spot dolphins and fulfil the wishes of two of our residents, Brian and Anthony, to have a trip in a speedboat. Jersey company, Wet Wheels helped us make these dreams a reality. We are so lucky that not only did Brian and Anthony have a fantastic day out doing something they had always wanted to do.
A wish to be the star of a show
Molly, resident at Lawton Manor in Stoke on Trent, had a wish to star in a show. The home put on a production of 'The Sound of Music' and Molly had a staring role as one of the Nuns.
A wish to see a Land Rover Series 3 again
Resident Jack from Kingsmills in Inverness, wished to see a Land Rover Series 3 again. He used to own one himself many years ago, and the car was called Lenny. Since September, the Activities team have been on the lookout for this very car, searching everywhere in Inverness, but it started to prove very difficult as they had no luck in finding one. However last week, team member Chris, saw an advertisement online for a Land Rover Series 3 for sale, and without hesitation they got in contact with the lady selling the car. The look on his face is just wonderful ...
A photography experience wish
Resident, Adele from Sutton Valence in Kent, wished for a Wildlife photography experience. Adele is an enthusiastic photographer and has always wanted to spend time with a professional photographer learning to take pictures of wildlife. The team at Sutton Valence contacted well-known Wildlife photographer Simon King, his team got back to them almost immediately saying that Simon was interested in helping out. It took a few months to plan but Adele and two brighterkind team members went to Frome to stay overnight in a hotel so they could be up bright and early to spend the day with Simon King at Longleat Safari Park on the Monday! Adele had a wonderful time.
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